GUWAHATI: The Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell on Thursday filed its supplementary charge sheet before the Special Judge’s court of Assam here. The charge sheet containing 115 pages reportedly has all the relevant documents related to the case.
An official statement from the Assam Police said that the Investigation officer Mrinal Sarma, DySP of Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell has submitted the supplementary charge sheet against these accused persons- the then Director of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) Ranjit Gogoi, Anjana Bora, Rajib Bora, Dilip Kalita and Apurba Lahkar under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The CM vigilance cell in 2017 had initiated a regular enquiry based on a complaint petition by Atul Bora, MLA, Dispur constituency as per the approval of the chief minister of Assam.
“The enquiry was conducted by Jyotirmay Chakravarty, the then Addl. Director-General of Police, Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell, Assam and enquiry report was submitted to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on 26-05-2017 with regard to the Director of Information & Public Relations, Assam being involved in a scam of Rs. 30 crores in connection with the scheme ‘Vision Assam Mission Assam’. The FIR was submitted based upon the findings of the report as per approval of Chief Minister of Assam,” the statement said.
The FIR stated that a multi-media campaign called “Vision Assam Mission Assam” (VAMA) was outsourced to professional creative agency/production house & media buying agencies in the early part of 2016 at exorbitant rates and thereby caused huge loss to the government and corresponding illegal pecuniary benefits to the firms.
The main objective of the project was to highlight the achievement of the Government in various areas of work before the process of holding Assembly Election’2016. The project was executed through the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Assam.
It added, “A preliminary estimate of Rs. 34.2 crores was submitted to IPRD by Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) and thereafter a total amount of Rs. 30, 63, 73,261 was released under FOC in March’2016. The Vision Assam Mission Assam (VAMA) Project was a high profile campaign conceived by the Previous Government before the Assembly Elections 2016. During investigation, it was established that Ranjit Gogoi, the then Director of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Assam spent the entire sanctioned amount by awarding contract to the media buying firms at an exorbitant rate by violating the rules and procedures to award pecuniary benefits to the media buying firms by causing wrongful loss to the government.”